Source: (2005) Connecticut Law Review

Yet the notion of transitional justice has been all but absent in settlement discussions designed to end one of the most heated, violent, and deadly conflicts directly affecting Western society: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although attempted settlements, including those at Oslo, Camp David, and Taba, have tried to address the concerns of both sides regarding tangible objects such as land, not one of the numerous international discussions labeled the "Peace Process" has ever seriously considered measures designed to address, let alone rectify, the flagrant violations of human rights that have occurred in the region over the past half century. This Note will argue that using the transitional justice model-in the form of a truth commission specifically-must be an aspect of any final political settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians in order to ensure a stable peace in the region. The underlying premise of my argument, therefore, is that a political settlement implementing a "two state solution" will, at some point, be realized. n6 Further, this Note will argue that a truth commission is not only workable in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, but is also the optimal method by which to address human rights violations and as such should be included as part of any peace or political settlement. (excerpt)